On his way to the PGA Championship, Justin Thomas got his back 9 going with 2 great breaks. First he hits a wild tee shot and hit a pine tree off of the 10th tee. Most amateurs would end up with the ball ricocheting farther into the tree line but not for Justin. He got was is mostly called a “member’s bounce” and the ball bounced back over a bunker and into the fairway. Then just a few minutes later, his 10 ft putt sat on the edge of the cup. That’s when the 10 second rule came into play. As the 10th second clicked off, the ball tumbled into the cup for his birdie. From there on out, he played inspired golf as he passed the faltering leaders in Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matusyama and Chris Stroud. He won the title by 2 strokes over fast closing Patrick Reed, Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen.
This was Thomas’ 4th win in less than a year having won in Malaysia in October and then twice at the beginning of 2017 in Hawaii. He has been playing well all season but seen to run into a hiccup at virtually each event he played in to keep him out of the winner’s circle.
Congratulations to the PGA for selecting the Quail Hollow Club for its site. The course certainly stood up the the test and played extremely difficult. The last 3 holes (the green mile) certainly created a great finish to the event. It may not be true but it seemed like there were as many lip-outs and there were putts made. The new greens were very fast and accurate putting was at a premium.